Preserve & Protect Rhode Island’s Native Plants & Their Habitats

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Our Native Plants

  • We provide opportunities to study and enjoy them.

  • We encourage and offer guidance in their cultivation and use.

  • We educate the public on their ecological and aesthetic values.

  • We support land preservation and practices fostering their natural communities.

Well worth seeing…..

Together for the first time: original paintings of Cat Swamp plants by Edward Peckham from the Rhode Island Historical Society, and corresponding specimens from the Brown University Herbarium, collected by William Bailey and others. The exhibit showcases the rich history of art and science in Providence and we hope it provokes you to consider the consequences of environmental change on local biodiversity. 


Call for Applications

Up to $2,000 for environmental activities or research related to native plants and/or their habitats.  Deadline 28 February, 2019


RIWPS Annual Meeting & Lecture

March 30, 2019

The Memory of Trees & Insights on the Ecology of Forests

by Neil Pederson, Senior Ecologist, Harvard Forest

Upcoming Events

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Recent RIWPS News

image from Providence Journal

Entwined earns good reviews!

On January 6, 2019 Channing Grey of the Providence Journal praises the "near photographic" watercolor images of Edward Peckam, and their well preserved botanical specimens in this "small gem of an exhibit".

Pictures from the January Meeting and Ongoing Exhibit: Entwined

The exhibit Entwined: Art, Botany and the Lost Cat Swamp Habitat continues at Brown University's John Hay Library through April 30.  On January 22 more than 100 RIWPS members and friends gathered to view the exhibit and learn about the History of Botanical Art.

Resources

Find online resources and printed references from organizations that steward native plants, including the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, New England Wild Flower Society,  University of Rhode Island Outreach Center, Among Rhode Island Wild Flowers and, of course, RIWPS .

Grow

The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society (RIWPS) has seed starter groups in Exeter, RI (Seed Starters West) and Portsmouth, RI (Seed Starters East). Seed starters cultivate most of the plants at RIWPS plant sales.

Both groups would welcome more members. Dig in the dirt in non-gardening seasons and enjoy constantly learning about native plants! Don’t worry about the drive; many members car pool.

Explore

People of all botanical abilities are welcome at RIWPS events — beginners, experts, amateurs, and professionals. Come to enjoy and learn about wild plants.

Some RIWPS programs, especially the walks and workshops, can only accommodate a limited number of participants, however; so register early.